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Utah Soccer Hosts Nevada Sunday in Home Opener

Aug. 26, 2011


Schedule and Results

Game Notes - Game 3 vs. Nevada

Nevada's Game Notes

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah women's soccer team (0-1-1) hosts Nevada (0-2) Sunday at 1 p.m. at Ute Field in its home opener. The Utes fell to BYU, 4-0, in their first game this week.

Underclassmen Impact...
Head coach Rich Manning and his staff has showed early-season confidence in its youthful squad as a total of nine freshmen and sophomores have started over the first two games and a total of 12 underclassmen have seen the field.

Utes' Goalkeeping Goes Two-Deep...
Utah used a pair of goalkeepers against Fullerton, demonstrating trust in both, and saw great dividends from it. Incumbent senior Hannah Turpen, a three-year starter and a staple of the Ute defense, gave way to sophomore Cheyanne Mulcock at halftime. Mulcock, who made three appearances as a freshman, including two starts for an injured Turpen last year, was up to the task as she made four crucial saves, including a pair of stops on breakaway attempts from nearly point-blank range. Turpen and Mulcock are backed up by freshmen Cassity Cutrer and Molly Poletto, two budding freshmen who are training hard and preparing for their opportunity to shine as well.

Utes Defense Reshaping for Nevada Game...
Senior center-backs Lauren Dudley and Lauren Porter will be missing for Sunday's game. Dudley will serve a one-game suspension after receiving two yellow cards (automatic red) at BYU on Tuesday. Porter suffered a knee injury at BYU and her timeline for possible return to the field is uncertain.



Scouting this Weekend's Opposition...
Nevada Wolfpack
Like the Utes, Nevada enters this week looking for its first goal of the 2011 season after suffering a 3-0 shutout at Pacific in the season-opener, followed by a 4-0 neutral-site loss to Penn State. Before facing Utah, Nevada will stop over in Pocatello, Idaho, for a Friday game against Idaho State. Coming into the season, the Wolfpack's top returning scorers were Kori Disarufino and Danielle Green, who each tallied three goals last season. Through the first two games, Green has gotten off four shots, while Disarufino has taken one. Jenna Riddle has made both starts in goal for the Wolfpack this year, allowing all seven goals while recording 13 saves. Dana Moreno also saw 11 minutes of action against Penn State. Nevada is coached by Dr. Melissa Price, now in her second year, who owns a 7-11-3 record after a 7-9-3 inaugural campaign as the Wolfpack's head coach.

The All-Time Series...
Utah won its only previous meeting with Nevada, a 6-0 victory at Ute Field in 2000.

Utah's Last Outing...
Utah fell at BYU, 4-0, on Tuesday. All four goals came in the second half after the two teams battled to a 0-0 halftime score. Both teams went to the break feeling unlucky to have not scored at least one goal. For the Utes, sophomore forward Jen Ericson beat BYU goalkeeper McKinzie Olson with a right-footed volley from 18 yards but rung it off the crossbar. Freshman Jill Robison, who made her first collegiate start at forward, followed up the effort but sent it sailing over the crossbar. BYU had several attempts clear the Utes' crossbar as well, including a diving header from Carlee Payne. Utah's luck changed in the 58th minute when senior center back Lauren Dudley, who had already received a yellow card in the first half, was issued a second yellow, thus receiving an automatic red card and leaving the Utes with just 10 players. On the ensuing free kick, Jessica Ringwood drilled a 19-yard shot that hit the bottom of the crossbar just over the outstretched hand of Ute goalkeeper Hannah Turpen and into the net for the game's first tally. From there the dynamic of the game changed as Utah looked for the equalizer, sending players forward despite being reduced to just 10 players. BYU's second goal came off the foot of Auna Doria in the 65th minute, who received a pass from Lauren Crosby, took a good first touch around her defender and into the box, then hit a well-placed right-footed shot that found it's target, giving the Cougars a 2-0 lead. The third and fourth goals came from Jaiden Thornock and Niki Fernandes, respectively, both assisted by Jennie Marshall. Despite the 4-0 score line, head coach Rich Manning was pleased with his team's effort and the experience gained in the game. The Utes started four freshmen, with a total of six freshmen seeing action in the game. Of the 14 players who saw the field, 11 were freshmen and sophomores.

Utes Looking to Ace Chemistry Early On...
Manning and his staff know that, as with any young team, the quicker they can jel, the better. In addition to the 11 freshmen playing their first collegiate soccer, the Utes have regained the services of three experienced players who redshirted last year: Allie Wisner, Monica Okapal and Stephanie Lemeza, who all played extensively as freshmen but sat out last year with various injuries. Redshirt junior Katie Martinez, a difference-maker in the midfield who returned from injury with seven games remaining last year, took a knock in the season-opener at Fullerton and her playing status is currently unknown.

Porter Named Team Captain...
Utah will be captained by the aforementioned senior center back, Porter. A four-year starter with a great academic record as well, Porter will bring leadership on and off the field for the Utes.

Preseason Prognostication...
Stanford was the clear preseason favorite in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll, leading the voting with 121 points and receiving all 11 first-place votes. The rest of the field, in order: 2. UCLA (102); 3. Oregon State (96); 4. USC (86); 5. Washington (82); 6. California (78); 7. Arizona State (60); t8. Oregon (49); t8. Washington State (49); 10. Colorado (35); 11. Utah (18); 12. Arizona (16).

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